Midsummer’s Music to Present Outdoor and Virtual Concerts

Midsummer’s Music will present a live, socially distanced, outdoor chamber-music concert at Woodwalk Gallery on Sept. 5, 5 pm. The rain date is Sept. 6, 5 pm.

Wisconsin Public Radio broadcaster Norman Gilliland will serve as the concert host for the Friends of Old program, spotlighting Anton Reicha’s Clarinet Quintet in F Major and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quintet in C Major. 

Reicha of Prague, and Beethoven of Bonn, were both born in 1770. In 1785, Reicha moved to Bonn, where he became friends with Beethoven and played in the Elector’s orchestra with Beethoven. They reunited in Vienna in 1801 and remained friends from then on. The two quintets in the program suggest their close, lifelong musical relationship. 

Tables and chairs will be provided, but you may supply your own chairs. Take picnics, refreshments and masks to your own eight-foot-by-eight-foot block for the sunset concert. All blocks are for up to two patrons. Attendees understand that there is a risk to being in crowds, and they waive liability to Midsummer’s Music Ltd.

Tickets are $30 per adult and $10 per student. Tickets must be purchased in advance (no walk-ins will be admitted) at or by calling 920.854.7088. 

Midsummer’s Music will also present the Friends of Old program during its sixth and final week of 2020 virtual concerts, Sept. 9-13, which Norman Gilliland will also host.

Programs are broadcast in two segments, each approximately 30 minutes long. Reicha’s work will be performed Sept. 9, 7 pm; and Sept. 11, 8 pm. Beethoven’s piece will be performed Sept. 10, 7 pm; and Sept. 12, 8 pm. Both works, plus musician interviews, will air Sept. 13, 3 pm; and Write On, Door County poet Albert DeGenova will be featured during the brief intermission.

All virtual concerts are free and will stream online at and on the Midsummer’s Music Facebook page and YouTube channel. 


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